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Old 09-28-2019, 10:34 AM
 
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I am retired and I have always had this vision of living in a very busy downtown loft, above a quiet store. I would like to give up driving and walk, or bike everywhere. NYC is out of the picture because it is too expensive, and crowded but I havent been to too many places where this is possible. Anyone know of something or somewhere that may be more of a reality? It is just me, no kids! It would be fun to walk to the stores or coffeeshops.
I lived for 18 years in Ocean City, NJ, which has a very cute and walkable downtown. Many smaller towns, like Hammonton, NJ, Haddonfield, NJ. Pitman, NJ. They won't be big cities, but I don't think you'll find what you want in a big city.
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Old 09-28-2019, 10:50 AM
 
Location: DFW - Coppell / Las Colinas
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One of my favorites is Ft Worth TX. TX has no State Income tax like Florida and TN.

Dallas also but more expensive and you'll be with a younger crowd.
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Old 09-28-2019, 11:26 AM
 
Location: Forests of Maine
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I own a mixed-used Commercial / Residential building that is located in the center of a town. It has storefronts on the ground level and apartments upstairs.

I do not have any vacancies at this time.

I have single-occupancy efficiency apartments that go for $350/month if the tenant pays for utilities, or $450/month if I pay for utilities. There is a laundry room on-site available to all tenants. A metro bus stop is located immediately in front of the building. A restaurant/bar is across the street. A chain pharmacy, a VFW post and American Legion post are all located within a block away.

This is located in Old Town Maine.
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Old 09-28-2019, 12:02 PM
 
Location: Tucson AZ & Leipzig, Germany
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My furnished apartment in Leipzig, Germany is something like what the OP would like, but no stores downstairs. It is not such a great idea to live above a business (IMO) because sometimes you will notice noise or smells if windows are open. Mine is a 3rd story walk-up in a stone and brick building built in 1891. The ceilings and windows are tall, the walls are massive (good sound barriers - no noise from neighbors).

Downtown is a 20 minute walk, 10 minute bike ride or 7 minute streetcar ride (service every 10 minutes). Grocery stores (Aldi & Kaufland) are 5 minutes walk. Almost everything else I need is nearby. The city is flat with good bike routes in all directions. I have explored many places within a 70 to 80 mile radius by combination of bicycle and trains. Trains run in all directions from the massive downtown train station.

Cities in the eastern part of Germany have a very low cost of living, less than it would cost me to live in any good big city in the US for a similar deal. I have been here since May and am returning soon to the US. There have been some good suggestions here. Ft Worth might be a good place for me to try from October to May, then I could come back to Germany during the warm weather months.
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Old 09-28-2019, 01:57 PM
 
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I'm considering Bellevue PA -- an inner ring suburb of Pittsburgh PA. Very walkable downtown with a library, banks, grocery, restaurants and a nice park where they have a farmers market during the summer. Pretty sure there's a coffee type place-- not Starbucks. Just looked it up -- Muddy Cup. Best part -- at 65, you qualify for a free bus pass, and Lincoln Ave (the main street) is on a bus line to get to Pittsburgh. Not very far away at all. As to whether or not their are rentable spaces over the storefronts like in NY? I don't think so. If there are living spaces over work spaces, I'd bet they are occupied by the business owners. Apartment rentals are in the 600-1200 range.
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Old 09-28-2019, 02:05 PM
 
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There's a shopping center in the north part of Kansas City called Zona Rosa. They have apartments above the stores that rent for $800-$1700. I thought it would be fun to live there and go to the free concerts in the summer. But I wouldn't want to deal with the stairs to get to the apartments. And I imagine it would feel confining without a car.
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Old 09-28-2019, 02:18 PM
 
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I am very open to the weather I have lived in both hot and cold climates. As I age things don't matter as much as they used too. I just found a very interesting article on AARP about walkable areas called 20 min villages if anyone is interested.

https://www.aarp.org/livable-communi...e-village.html

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Old 09-28-2019, 02:38 PM
 
Location: Greenville, SC
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Greenville, SC
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Old 09-28-2019, 03:35 PM
 
Location: New Mexico
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I live in a very quiet place -- so quiet that I sometimes go outside to see if anyone is nearby or maybe there was a rapture and I'm the only one left. A couple weeks ago I stayed in a historic downtown hotel because I had a 7:45 AM doctor appointment and could not have made it there on time from where I live. I also "collect" historic hotels for my writing so I was taking advantage of the opportunity. The street noise kept me awake most of the night. I think living in a busy downtown would be the last thing I would want to do. Sirens, traffic, trucks, pothole ka-thump--ka-thump. Yikes -- I forgot how noisy city living is. It doesn't bother some people.

I lived in a town of about 40,000 for 35 years and it had a quaint and restored downtown of about 3-4 blocks. The commercial buildings were mixed-use with lofts on the second floor over stores or offices. It was not a super busy place but it was always active and very walkable with sidewalk cafes and shops along the shaded sidewalks. I could see taking a loft apartment in that situation.
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Old 09-28-2019, 03:54 PM
 
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Phila, PA
Portland, ME
Newport, RI
Salem, MA
Savannah, GA
Charleston, SC

You may need to take an occasional Uber in some of these places, but overall, they could meet your objectives quite nicely.
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